Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Personal Financial Planning)

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A stepping stone

Use this qualification to change the direction of your career.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies parent structure

What is it like?

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies endorsed Personal Financial Planning provides a university-level education in Financial Planning, satisfying the education requirements for becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM Professional.

The Graduate Diploma in Business is useful if you wish to keep up with professional developments in your field and are short of time. Or you may have found yourself working in a different field of business to that in which you hold a qualification.

This is an undergraduate diploma, designed for those who do not have a degree in the subject you wish to pursue. You do need to be a university graduate to enrol in this programme.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.


Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 200 universities in the world and its business and management studies in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Credit towards the BBus

If when you complete this graduate diploma you would like to progress to a Bachelor of Business, you may be able to credit your courses towards it.


It is a flexible qualification, with no core or compulsory subjects. You can tailor your study to your interests or needs.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Studies is designed to be completed part-time over at least two years or up to eight years. It may be possible to complete the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in one year of full-time study if you do not choose an endorsement.

A good fit if you:

  • Would like to change from the major of your first degree to study a different business subject,
  • Want to update your knowledge with the latest developments in your field


For those already working in the field, the diploma will give you additional skills and bring you up-to-date on theory and practice. It may also be useful if you have found yourself in a role outside of your key area of specialty and wish to upskill.

Careers include:

Financial Planner

  • Advises clients about cash management, risk management, investments, retirement planning, tax and estate planning
  • Develops comprehensive financial plans to meet clients' objectives

Retail Banker

  • For anyone working in a bank who is required to give advice on financial products

Insurance Advisor

  • Brokerage firms

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